According to reports in Spain, Arsenal FC have agreed a fee with Real Madrid for Sami Khedira, while his agent claims that there has been no contacts.
Sami Khedira’s future at Real Madrid has been up for speculations recently with Toni Kroos’ expected arrival at Santiago Bernabeu. Reports suggest that Arsenal have reached an agreement with the Spanish club for the German international, but his agent has rubbished these claims.
The 27-year-old joined Real Madrid in 2010 after some eye catching performances for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. Khedira has since then been a regular in the first team line-up of both Real Madrid and Germany. The dynamic midfielder has won one La Liga title and two Copa del Rey during his stint in Spain so far and was also a part of the side which lifted the Champions League last season. But Khedira’s contribution in that triumph was limited as his season was cut short by due to a terrible knee injury.
The former Stuttgart star did regain his fitness ahead of the World Cup and has produced some good performances in Brazil before missing out on the final with an injury.
His immediate future at Real Madrid has come under constant speculations this summer. Khedira’s current contract will expire in 2015 and Real Madrid has failed to reach an agreement with the German international for an extension. El Confidencial reported Real Madrid have offered him a two-year extension, but Khedira is unwilling to commit before considering other options.
Los Blancos are close to signing Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos after the World Cup and this is likely to relegate Khedira to the bench next season. Real Madrid are reportedly willing to sell him if the right offer comes in and both Arsenal and Chelsea are believed to be interested in him.
Arsenal are currently the frontrunners in his pursuit. The Gunners are expected to spend heavily in this transfer market and have already signed Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. Arsene Wenger is believed to be keen on adding more muscle to the midfield and is eyeing a defensive midfielder to add to his squad.
Recent reports in Spanish media suggested that Arsenal have reached an agreement with Real Madrid for Sami Khedira. The fee involved is believed to be €25 million and the Gunners are currently in negotiations with the midfielder over wages – which seems to be the main stumbling block in this move.
Khedira reportedly wants €7 million a season and Arsenal pondering over this demand, which will make him the highest paid player at the club – ahead of Mesut Ozil and new signing Alexis Sanchez. Reports also suggest that Chelsea are not out of the race yet and Jose Mourinho is willing to meet Khedira’s salary demands.
But Khedira’s agent has rebuffed these reports claiming that they have not been in contact with either Arsenal or Chelsea.
“We are not in talks with Arsenal. I don’t think a fee can have been agreed, otherwise I would have been told.
“When a club have an interest I am sure they will call me and we will speak about things. The same goes for Chelsea.” – Khedira’s agent, Jorg Neubauer, said.
Neubauer also insisted that they remain in talks with Real Madrid over a new contract.
“We are talking to Real Madrid about his contract, but nothing is close to being decided. Sami has just returned from the World Cup and has gone on holiday.” – He added.
The Gunners have also earmarked Lars Bender and Southampton defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin as back-up targets if the move for Khedira fails to materialize.